Ethan Stiefel will not renew his contract with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Programming is in place through to the end of 2015, including two world premières.
Stiefel’s last season will feature Allegro: Five Short Ballets, which opens in Auckland on July 30. Stiefel’s fiancée, Gillian Murphy, who is the RNZB’s principal guest artist, will dance in Allegro. The RNZB says it hopes to continue its association with her in the future.
An international search for a new artistic director was currently underway and the RNZB Board hoped to fill the spot by September.